Plymouth Head Coach Kevin Stuckmeyer had been counting down the days to the return of his Senior Guard Brock Smith. By the end of the Northridge game, it was well worth the wait as Plymouth defeated Northridge in NLC action 44-28.
“Brock has been doing some drills, 5-on-0′s, for almost a month. Drills that basically involved no contact until his medical clearence. Well on Monday he got that clearence and we looked like a different ball team on the court. We had a great week of practice and it showed in tonights game with Northridge.”, said Plymouth Head Coach Kevin Stuckmeyer.
Brock Smith made a difference right off the bat hitting his first shot of the season, a three from the corner. That shot set the tone for the rest of the night, with Smith finishing with nine points in almost 14 minutes of play.
“Brock just adds that “experience” element at guard that we have been missing all season long”, added Stuckmeyer. Brock allows Houston and Sean a chance to do some things on the court where they never been able to do when we’ve had to rely on their scoring all the time. You could tell Houston and Sean looked more relaxed in thier play.”
Seniors Houston Hodges scored 4 points but added 9 assists to his stats. Sean Smith scored 5 points and collected 7 rebounds.
“I felt our defense was pretty good tonight as well. We shut down their leading scorers the entire night.”, said Stuckmeyer.
Marcus Thurmond normally averages 16 points a game, held to three by the Pilgrim defense. Luke Davis just returned back to the line-up himself, but the Raider star was held to 6 points under his average, getting five on the night.
Plymouth gears up for a non-conference match-up tonight (Saturday) against Mishawaka. WTCA Pre-Game show around 7:00 m.
by Tony Ross, WTCA Sports Director